Air quality in Delhi remains beyond severe for third day

Air quality in Delhi remains beyond severe for third day

"But when it comes to summer-time pollution, despite having air quality forecasts and predictions in place, I don't see any precautionary planning or announcements on the recommended emergency response measures", Sudhir said.

Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal had on Thursday ordered stoppage of all civil construction activities across the city till Sunday as part of the emergency measures which also include intensifying mechanical road sweeping.

On Wednesday, many construction agencies, municipal corporations and Delhi Pollution Control Committee were instructed to ensure water sprinkling around the capital.

The L-G also said that a massive afforestation drive would be conducted across Delhi from July 15 to September 15.

"Information about procurement of saplings, identified areas for plantation activities can be obtained from Delhi government's Forest Department", he said in a statement. Lodhi Road and Rajpath PM 10 (particles with diameter less than 10mm) air quality reached at level 262. "Green Delhi our common goal", the L-G further said on Twitter. While the pollution in winters is mainly attributed to stubble burning and lack of wind, the dust storm due to high wind speeds seems to have caused severe air pollution in the national capital region (NCR) around this time of the year.

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Meanwhile, the civil construction activities remain halted in the city till tomorrow. Gufran Beig, a scientist at the Centre-run System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting and Research institute, said the dust storm deteriorated the air quality in Delhi-NCR.

Strong-anti cyclonic winds, blowing from Rajasthan, are the reason behind the worsening air quality.

The CPCB said the pollution of this season was very different from that of a year ago.

The ministry also cautioned that the current dusty conditions are likely to continue over the next three days in the Indian capital and its surrounding areas. In November, both PM2.5 and PM10 spiked in the Delhi-NCR region, posing serious health hazard to residents.

High air pollution levels can cause respiratory problems even in healthy people and seriously affect people with lung/heart disease.

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